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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact
Five stars, front impact; five stars, front side impact; four stars, rear side impact
Thick roof pillars and lack of a rear quarter window severely compromise rear visibility
The 2009 Dodge Avenger offers an excellent chassis that scores well in crash tests, but when it comes to other safety features, the Dodge Avenger is far from the top of the class.
TheCarConnection.com's research shows that the 2009 Dodge Avenger scores quite well in both government and insurance industry crash tests. In NHTSA's tests, the Dodge Avenger earns a perfect five-star rating for both front impact and front side impact protection. In the rear side impact test, the Dodge Avenger scores four out of a possible five stars. The IIHS, which uses a more stringent set of tests, also rates the 2009 Dodge Avenger highly. In both the frontal offset impact and side impact tests, the Dodge Avenger earns the highest possible rating, "good," from the IIHS.
When it comes to standard safety features on the 2009 Dodge Avenger, prepare to be disappointed. Kelley Blue Book states that the standard equipment includes "front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, but not anti-lock brakes," which have become an industry staple in the mid-size sedan segment. Edmunds is disappointed to find that "all four-cylinder Avengers come with front disc and rear drum brakes," while "stability and traction control are available on the SXT and R/T as part of each trim's respective premium package." Some competitors offer both of those features as standard equipment.
For families with young children, the availability of safety seat hooks, as well as ease of installation, becomes a major safety concern. According to MotherProof, this 2009 Dodge "had its pros and cons...The lower anchors of the [Dodge] Avenger's system were a pain to hook and unhook, although the hinged rotating covers on the top-tether anchors were simple and much appreciated." As for space, they add that "child-safety seats would fit fine as long as you and/or your passenger aren't really tall."
One area where some sedans can earn safety brownie points is for driver visibility, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the 2009 Dodge Avenger has some problem spots. According to ConsumerGuide, the Dodge Avenger's "thick roof pillars and lack of a rear quarter window severely compromise rear visibility," while the absence of any sort of parking assistance features does nothing to atone for the poor sightlines.
The 2009 Dodge Avenger has admirable crash-test ratings but comes up short on standard accident-avoiding safety features.